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Sandip Dedhia

Sandip Dedhia

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113 Responses to Add Take Ownership Option in Right Click Context Menu of Windows 7

  • Wust says:

    Thank you very much! It really helps!

  • Win7 Luver says:


  • Darkcide says:

    This helped so much thank you!

  • Shaun says:

    It didn’t work for me. It installed correctly and the registry values have been added, but it doesn’t appear in my context menu, even after restarting my computer. Is there anything else I should try?

  • jeremy says:

    Finally,Thank you so very much it worked great.

  • keith vassallo says:

    hi; how long does it take, i’m working on C/Users/Keith, because in it i have the App. Data folders that arer locked for me

  • dee says:

    wow…amazing thank alot

  • Rodney says:

    OMG!! Thank you! This helped my delete old files while going from Vista to Windows 7!!

  • Dan says:

    Excellent, thanks very much. This problem has been bugging me for ages and this little program certainly seemed to do the trick.

  • Stian says:

    Thank you very much! I spent hours with no success, until I found these great tips. Super-easy to change permission to folders now…jiii-ha!

  • Atrox Smith says:

    Perfect- exactly what I needed to run some statistical and bibliography software- thanks a ton!!!!

  • JoPfef says:

    MANY thanks!!! Couldn’t get rid of some old BlackBerry files, and this did the trick! Now I can keep things much more tidy. :-)

  • Marinus says:

    A life saver! Thanks!

  • sirjohng says:

    Brilliant, works like a dream.

  • CPR2 says:

    didn’t work for me. “unable to display current owner” cannot be changed. HELP!!!

  • Goldcds says:

    Tried doing this manually and could not figure it out but this worked great, Thanks

  • A Guest says:

    tried manually following instructions from another website, but this was easy and worked first time, lifesaver. 5/5

  • Mr-aussie says:

    it worked thanks so much!

  • Rob says:

    holy mackerel! holy smokes! and holy smoked mackerel!

    first i tried the manual way, and that was much too difficult
    and confusing. my head was spinning.

    so i tried the take ownership add-on and it worked a charm.
    thanks a bunch for telling me about it.

    why couldn’t M$ make it that simple in the first place? harrumph! :)
    i was so used to xp and i never expected this type of hassle.

    a couple of quick questions:

    is it possible to undo any single folder’s ownership?

    and if i un-install the take ownership app, will i lose my
    ownership access for the folders whose access i changed?

  • Jack says:

    Very cool. And simple. I like simple. I spent almost two hours reassigning ownership before I found the blog. Great work!

  • Anonymous says:

    Super stuff! I’ve been battling with Windows 7 permissions for months. So often a file that has apparently, at random, chosen a different permission status carries its status forward into another folder and infects that folder too and the only way to move contained files is to individually set the permissions …and sometimes that doesn’t work!

    I tried running Command prompts for access, but that didn’t work, but your little ownership gadget has made things so much easier!

    Success to you and I’ll be sure to give you a dig on my blog.

  • Judyk31 says:

    I love this and it worked like magic! However, now Outlook is acting up and is very slow switching between folders. Advice was given to take out add-ins in Outlook but I need Administrator permission and all that appears in the menu choices is Take Ownership. How can I once again get Administrator rights for Office/Outlook?

  • Judyk31 says:

    Update on my comment of slow Outlook. I uninstalled Outlook Connector. Worked a treat!

  • Jonclif says:

    This is a wonderful piece of software. I never did manage to delete files even though I tried many times and followed your guidance and that elsewhere. Although I appeared to be the owner and had the correct permissions, files and folders just would not delete. Now your brilliant software has done trick. Thank you!

  • lkjh says:

    Thank you very much!!!!

  • sulayman says:

    THANKS guys, it worked.

  • sulayman says:

    I have a problem in here,

    when am using ms word, and i want to change a font, when i click the drop down button, i will see the fonts list and it will AUTOMATICALLY close, when i click again it will close and it will show ‘not responding’ VERY VERY quickly and it will dissappear,

    not only ms word but for ALL my programmes, as long as i click a drop down button, it says ‘not responding’

    Do u know how to fix this?

  • Laggy23 says:

    oh thank you very much! i almost had to do that by hand 7000 times but this saved my arse. great stuff

  • Michael Morris8968 says:

    Amazing. Got control of my pictures but can’t set the picture as desktop back ground! NEED HELP!

  • Hyperion says:

    I stood dumbfunded for an afternoon trying to remove files after an install of win7. Everything sorted with your help mate! Things like these are lifesavers.

  • AustinGuy says:

    Didn’t work for me. After I took ownership of a folder, I opened a file in that folder using Excel. When I tried to save the file in that same folder I got an error message that the file and folder were read only.

  • Graeme says:

    Simple but so very effective !!!

  • Jrjarvis says:

    I’ve been doing it manually for months, only occassionally successfully, and each time it only lasts a few days. This seemed like a perfect fit, but after loading & running the program, the little blue box in properties is still filled blue and I am still getting the “read only go to file manager to change permissions” command. Help!!!

  • talisman says:

    installed TakeOwnership yesterday and it instantly worked. Ran Easytransfer from XP machine and found that Takownership had vanished from right click menu. Again installed takeownership from same download as before but it does not appear in right click menu and obviously does not work. Any clues, I am desperate!!!!

  • Jmc1959 says:

    Doesn’t install, just opens up in notepad when you click on either of the 2 files in the folder

  • Bloo says:

    With some systems, you must hold the left shift while you right click to get this to pop up. Oddly, it doesn’t seem to be able to do whole HDs at a time.

  • Ironpipe says:

    I tried for four day to get this how to. It took me less than 30 sec as soon as I received this from you.
    Again I THANK YOU.

  • Captmilkdud says:

    Absolutely FANTASTIC!!
    I was about to get a concussion from banging my head against the wall trying all the other methods found on the Internet to get this done. Just a couple of clicks and BAM!! You’re little program fixed it.

    So many thank yous to you I’d need a super computer to count them all!!

  • Arnold Diez says:

    worked perfectly!! too bad i already deleted the videos that i cannot play :)

  • Mainkill1 says:

    I reinstalled windows and my user folder was locked up to only my name before now non of that worked on a fresh install and I unlocked my folders in no time flat, first trying 1 video happy has hell, backed out did my whole download folder, almost fainted from joy,

    Thank you

  • Mal Bennett says:

    It worked perfectly – brilliant!!! Thank you very much

  • I really have to thank you for this tweak.. I installed win7 after wonderful years with my beloved winXp. Unfortunelly someone at home messed with my computer and I had to install the new OS.. Too bad it’s so complicated to use after migrating from Xp to 7. Thankfully I’ve found some goodies will help to take over this app. Thank you very much, you just saved after hours trying to figure out how to change all my folders and files.

  • Paul of wordwright says:

    Yes, worked well for me with windows 7. Many thanks!

  • Irish-tricksta says:

    works great, saved the contents of 2 hards using this.

    huge help

  • Oliver1989 says:

    Worked a treat!! :D

    Thank you so much. I mean, I really appreciate people sharing these tools with their fellow users, if the world functioned like this, it would be a happy place….(for nerds :) )

    Once again, Thank you!

  • Illegal-Pete says:

    Worked perfectly! Ended months of fury! I despise Microsoft’s over-bearing mother attitude. I give free assistance and advise any time I can to my neighbors and on some forums and I appreciate those like yourself who do so. I will share this fantastic tool as well.

  • Blanchflower says:

    Thanks for take ownership, It worked perfectly, I was about to re-install when I saw your solution to remove a stubborn folder.

    Brilliant Thankyou.

  • Ansuz Isaz says:

    Oh, thank saint sex and sanity. D:
    This is an absolute god-send. I’ve been trying to get rid of the junk that come with every installation, and the permission issues was making cleaning up my computer a pain.

    Thanks for making my technical life a little bit easier. =D

  • Avin Ramc says:

    Thanks so much! I wish this feature was not so cumbersome….

  • Rtyper says:

    Worked pretty well but Doesn’t quite fix my problem, now when I try to delete my file it tells me I need permission from myself to do it :/

  •  this is fantabulous…awesome…gr8 work…i lost hope…thankx thankx buddy.

  • Joe Stoddard says:

    JMC probably too late to help but you need to extact the zipped files with an actual zip extractor – WinZip,  IzArc, etc.  You can’t just open the Zip archive.  What you’re seeing there is not the file, it’s the compressed (zipped)  version – so it won’t execute (but will open in Notepad as you’ve discovered) .   Google IzArc – it’s open source/free. 

  • Aliranchi2010 says:

    thank you very much. this is very help full for me  

  • Anonymous says:

    Hmmm… I’ve always had  “Take Ownership” . Still didn’t  give me access on everything. Oh well.

  • Ruffo says:

    GOD! I loved this
    I’ve formated my computer, and I forgot to remove some “local network sharing” permissions, so the fresh win7 install didn’t allowed me to do anything with my folder music… a lot of music! but now I can and I’m infinitely happy

  • Curly8081 says:

    I have been trying to delete two folders for quite some time due to not having permissions. I ran across this take ownership utility. I ran it and the two folders are gone, yay yay. Thanks so much for this utility.
    Again thanks,

  • Jake says:

    Thank you!
    It installed without any complications and overall saves me of slaying those ugly monsters that reside in the Security tab (I keed :D) over and over again when trying to take ownership of a folder!

  • Melahmed says:

    hi. i just installed this and tried one of the files and it says i dont have permission to view. i am at a loss as to how i can access my folders/files again.

  • Maj P says:

    Totaly don’t work for me.
    Instalation is very easy indeed but this thing doesn’t grand me no permission to thous f*cking *.dll files!

  • Olmanrivah says:

    Thanks…Maybe I can tolerate Windows 7 now…..

  • Mainktheripper says:

    thank’s you, nice work !!!………………….

  • Nethiniplz says:

    works like a charm. Thank you heaps!

  • Tanvir says:

    Thanks Thanks Thanks and more Thanks

  • Tan If says:

    I have been trying alot of ways for months to solve this problem even from my laptop company support but nothing solved my problem.  Finally this has helped me recover my thousands of files in mintues.  I just wanna say many thanks to the person who created this…

  • Jos B says:

    Didn’t think it worked for me. I took ownership and then changed permissions but still couldn’t see my folders. Turns out I had to go into folder settings and Show Hidden Folders before I could see them. Thanks!

  • Shoaibzb96 says:

    Thanks So Much..Itx Worked FoR Me…

  • Qwerty says:

    THANK YOU! so much finally i am the real Admin of my own home pc..smh..we shouldnt need this but we do, thank you.

  • Roberto Smaldone says:

    Thank you!!! Worked like a charm. I had over 40 folders and this just saved me so much time.

  • Marcio Marques says:

    Thank you very much!! I could install my executable .jar easily after installing it.

  • Ian says:

    Didn’t work for me. Tried to “Take Ownership” but still could not delete the file.

  • Andrew says:

    Amazing. Thank you, this has been plaguing me for MONTHS. Brilliant.

  • Crazy says:

    Thanx alot man
    you are super

  • Pgresle says:

    Merci beaucoup pour toutes ces informations très utiles
    Thank a lot for many utiles informations

    By now

  • Geoff inCoffs Harbour says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. You too Oliver1989, more sharing more caring, what a great place this would be.

  • Priyo says:

    doesn’t work for me :-(
    It because the files on the server and not in my local computers

  • MortenT says:

    Hi Joe
    When I extract your Zip file with IzArc I get:
    InstallTakeOwnership.reg and
    But they are not executeble, they open i Notepad

  • Pcf says:

    Thank you. Is the best solution I found !!! You did it !!!

  • Cheadlecat says:

    Thanks – somehow my file permissions got “messed up” when I switched hard drives and reinstalled Windows 7.  In a home setting, the Windows 7 permissions is a real “pain in the @$$” and overkill.  Thanks for the nice shortcut! 

  • Bratttboy says:

    Absolutely brilliant!!! Thank you for this tool. 

  • Andrey-red1 says:

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  • Greenergrass says:

     I Love you !!!!

  • Tom says:

    Excellent, this worked where the GUI didn’t :-)

  • Biju says:

    Good Work!! Thanks very much for sharing!! :)

  • Magayfer says:

    thank you it was usefull

  • Sd Bab says:

    It worked perfectly – brilliant!!! Thank you very much

  • GWR - 1936 says:

    What a SUPER app. Thank you so very much. It has solved my problem of switching from Windows XP to Windows 7.

    I was ready to return to XP until I found your app,

    A thousand thanks.

  • Joe says:

    Worked for me. Thank you very much for taking the time to provide this. Windows 7 drove me nuts with this ownership/permission madness.
    Much appreciated.

  • DJ40 says:

    Fantastic tip. Can’t thank you enough. Now if someone could solve the “Win 7 desktop icons rearainging themselves at every start up” problem I’d be in 7th heaven.

  • NinjaPineapple says:

    Didn’t work. :( Got an error.

  • Moin Khan says:

    Wonderful! Brother you have saved me a hell of a time and thousands and millions of clicks. Thank you, Thank you so much. God Bless you.

  • helpmeplz says:

    i have tried to get this to work maybe someone knows the problem, i have a computer with 2 harddrives when i switched from XP to 7 i unplugged the second so that the information stored on it wouldnt be replaced when i plugged it back it says that i do not have permission to view those files, its got all my pictures and music from the last 7 years on it locked away in its tiny little brain, can someone PLEASE help,

  • DouginSC says:

    Did you try to put that drive in an external USB enclosure and use it as a simple USB drive?

  • DouginSC says:

    Will this registry change work for WinXP, too?

  • sophe says:

    Thank you thank you!! I was facing manually dealing with thousands of photos… as Oliver1989 said, worked a treat!! Thanks again!!!

  • Freakingwindows7 says:

    It installed correctly but it doesn’t seem to be working. I tried it on visual c# studio but it still says that I don’t have access.

  • Ken says:

    Magic! Thank you.

  • wilkby says:

    when i run the extracted file, i get this output:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    @=”Take Ownership”
    @=”cmd.exe /c takeown /f “%1” && icacls “%1″ /grant administrators:F”
    “IsolatedCommand”=”cmd.exe /c takeown /f “%1” && icacls “%1″ /grant administrators:F”
    @=”Take Ownership”
    @=”cmd.exe /c takeown /f “%1” /r /d y && icacls “%1″ /grant administrators:F /t”
    “IsolatedCommand”=”cmd.exe /c takeown /f “%1” /r /d y && icacls “%1″ /grant administrators:F /t”

    i’m not sure what’s going wrong????

  • Ron Crockett says:

    Wow this is a wonderful little utility, it sure saved my bacon last week! I had spent 6 hours trying to solve permissions problems of my own causing and this fixed it in seconds!

  • Misch Hasch says:

    it doesnt work. still when i check its read only… whats this program exactly for?

  • LiquidState says:

    Dude you are a BEAST. Thank you so much

  • Chuck says:

    Thank you, thank you again and again for this tip and trick. It has saved me hours of frustration. VERY much appreciated.

  • Jimh1008 says:

    Wow….worked like a charm. Had to install the IzArc unzipper to make it work correctly in Win 7. THANK YOU………saved a bunch of time retrieving docs and pictures, plus Outlook Express files !!

  • StefanMaky says:

    Thank you very much. Works great! God bless you.

  • robthom says:

    I’m hoping this will do the trick.

    Gosh windows post xp is one the the most argumentative pieces of software this side of adobe flash.

  • Tillpott says:

    This software is AMAZING – I have been going thru hoops and hurdles with Properties/Security/Allow . . . and had no joy – in fact got padlocks on more folders.
    This little “gem” opened them all up and I can see all my Picture folders again.

  • Starlight777 says:

    You are amazing :) After Xp such tools are precious and so hard to find.Be well !

  • Deb Lipsitz says:

    I can’t possible thank you enough for this. I just had a program balk under Win7 because somehow everything is write protected, a program that worked just fine until I ran Windows Update (which is now being disabled). I guess sales of Win8 are a bit slow, eh?

  • mario says:

    me too

  • winelnasin says:

    thanks sir .. it works

  • Evelien says:

    It didn’t work for me. Now I changed the read only settings for the documents and pictures folders and went to the security tab and gave the standarduser all the rights and now it works. Some folders are stil read only, but it can be changed per folder.

  • AndyS says:

    Great! Suddenly locked out of My Pictures after Windows 10 upgrade. What’s going on??? Fixed with a double-click

  • Marcia Ferrell says:

    This has solved the frustration of constantly being told I can’t move my files from one directory to another and searching in vain for which part of the tree lacks permission. Thank you for Take Ownership! So easy.